My daughter's 5th birthday is fast approaching, and she is having an "art" birthday party. She loves crafts more than anything in the whole wide world, and I love the idea of having a party celebrating art not only because it will be a lot of fun, but because it is going to be super cheap. I already have a million craft supplies at home I can use, and we are keeping it small and at home.
I was trying to think of a cool favor for the kids to take home (that would also be super cheap), and I remembered something I saw my sister do years ago, before I had kids. She is a kindergarten teacher, and she used silicone ice cube trays to melt down old, broken crayons. She created brand-new, beautiful crayons out of the old ones.
IKEA has a lot of cheap silicone ice cube trays in fun shapes you can use. I love these stars, but they can be tricky because their little arms can break off. If that happens to you, just put them back in the oven for a bit to reseal.
Recipe for Crayon Molds:
- Old broken crayons, peels removed
- Silicone ice cube tray, in a fun design.
(1) Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
(2) Enlist your children to remove the paper from old, broken crayons.
(3) Place the broken pieces into the molds. I tried to keep it relatively monochromatic, and mix some light colors with dark. Fill it a little over the top so that when it melts down it fills the entire mold.
(4) Place the mold in the oven on a sheet pan. ** It is important to use a sheet pan so that when you remove the mold from the oven it doesn't bend and the contents spill all over your oven (I learned this the hard way.) Bake for 15-20 minutes or until you can see the crayons are fully melted.
(5) Allow to cool. Pull the silicone sides away from each crayon mold and then push from below to pop out a brand-new crayon.